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You can read books, study up on articles, or ask your friends and family, but no one can really tell you what it’s like to become a new mother. Sure, you can prepare for the nitty-gritty of giving birth and try to gear up for the transition of becoming a mother. But even though forewarned is forearmed, there are simply no words for the feeling you have when you hold your newborn baby for the first time.

That doesn’t mean that people haven’t tried. No two people take exactly the same path to motherhood, so attempting to explain it is like trying to capture the whole of human experience in just a few sentences. You can’t just do it in one quip. However, if you take in a bunch of new-mum quotes together, you might be able to glimpse a hint of what’s in store. From your changing role in your kids’ lives to the joys of seeing a toothless baby smile to the challenges of sleepless nights and unreasonable baby brains, these quotes capture the highs and lows of bringing a new baby home.

Anne Lamott

There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.

Kristen Bell

Having kids feels like that first seventh-grade crush that overwhelms every molecule in your body, but it’s permanent.

Jennifer Hudson

You never know how much your parents loved you until you have a child to love.

Robert Browning

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Gilda Radner

Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.

Mary Mason

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.

Anita Diamant

Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child. There should be a song for women to sing at this moment, or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.

Tina Fey

Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.

Cynthia Rowley

I like to think of motherhood as a great big adventure. You set off on a journey, you don’t really know how to navigate things, and you don’t exactly know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there.

Washington Irving

A mother’s love endures through all.

Kate Winslet

Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.

Charles Dickens

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.

Maya Angelou

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.

Victor Hugo

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

Naya Rivera

You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

Toni Morrison

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing.

Sophia Loren

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

Agatha Christie

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.

George Bernard Shaw

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.

Elizabeth Bard

A baby is a wishing well. Everyone puts their hopes, their fears, their pasts, their two cents in.

(Taken from: www.goodhousekeeping.com)